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Businessman Robert Moss takes over The Grand in Folkestone

By Sean Axtell

A businessman who has taken over The Grand in Folkestone, following the bankruptcy of its directors, says he is "not going to give up" on the venue.

Robert Moss, 68, took the helm of the landmark on The Leas - which dates back to 1899 - in November after the High Court declared Michael and Doris Stainer bankrupt.

His appointment comes after Ex Ukip leader Henry Bolton’s bid to run the premises was thwarted just days after he took over.

The Grand, which has changed hands after the previous directors were declared bankrupt
The Grand, which has changed hands after the previous directors were declared bankrupt

Speaking to KentOnline, Mr Moss, a father-of-four, said: “I knew of the place before, I’d been to The Grand but I wouldn’t have thought it would have been like this.

“I’m doing alright, I’m not going to give up, I want to see what I can do and keep the place running.

“As long as it is running I will be there, I think it just needs a bit of tender loving care on the outside.

"We’ve got the bar, restaurant, it’s a successful wedding venue so we’ll be holding more events like that."

The Monkey Room
The Monkey Room

Mr Moss, who lives in Camber and has worked in hospitality for 45 years, added: “I’m looking forward to welcoming the guests here.”

Chartered accountant Mr Stainer, 71, and wife Doris were declared bankrupt on November 8, according to the government’s insolvency register.

Under UK law it is illegal for bankrupts to manage, form or promote limited companies.

Within 24 hours Mr Bolton, 55, was appointed director of the businesses - Hallam Estates Ltd, Eastons Management Ltd, Folkestone Capital Ltd and Seaside Hosts Ltd - according to Companies House.

Former Grand director Michael Stainer
Former Grand director Michael Stainer

Yet eight days later, his status showed as "resigned" on the database and Mr Moss listed as director.

Now a popular wedding venue, Mr Moss says he hopes to push that side of the business to generate revenue.

He also urged Grand residents to join him in roundtable discussions, in a bid to improve relations with the venue’s commercial arm.

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